Steve’s Blog: 2016 is the Hebrew year 5776
This is a great year. Did you know that the starting point for counting off the years and arriving at the year 5776 is that this Hebrew calendar year 1, started 1 year before Genesis 1, so according to the Hebrew Calendar God’s Creative Week was 5775 years ago. But more significantly for us the year 5776 which started on October 03 2015 happens to be a year of Jubilee. A what? Jubilee
Leviticus 25:8-13 “‘Count off seven Sabbaths of years–seven times seven years–so that the seven Sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields. “‘In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property.
You probably already know this but a sabbatical cycle is every seventh year, where the land was to be left unattended. In God’s economy even land gets to have a rest, the soil, the dirt gets to have a rest, a rest from cropping, it gets to grow wild with weeds, no grazing, no mowing, no planting so that it can replenish itself (amongst other things). Some 21st century organic farmers practice sabbatical fallowing, giving 1/7 of their land rest every year.
Then after every seventh sabbatical cycle which would be after every 49 years, there was to be a year of Jubilee. There is some debate about which year is the year of Jubilee because there are two different camps and a divergence of opinion depending on whether the 50th year is counted as year 0 or year 1 for the next 50 year cycle. But the general consensus says that 2016 is 70th Jubilee Year (3500) since Joshua and Caleb crossed the Jordan River and entered their land of promise!
Now is this significant for us? Not in terms of obedience to the Old Covenant Law perhaps but I’m intrigued because in my opinion numerical patterns carry prophetic significance for example, Sabbatical number 7 carries significance in terms of weekly cycles
So a fifty year cycle might carry significance:
• Mathematically: 50 is considered the most natural of numbers, because it equals to the sum of the squares numbers 9+16+25 constructed on the ‘sacred’ triangle of Pythagoras (3, 4 and 5). At this point you are probably thinking woop de do, but bear with me
• Hebraically: 50 corresponds to the Hebraic letter “nun”, whose form represents a cup pouring its contents. Incidently Aquarius the star constelation is the ‘water carrier’ pouring out water and illustrated by the same symbol, and if I’m particularly provocative I have heard that 2016 is when according to astrology we are fully in the ‘Age of Aquarius’ not just the ‘dawning of …’
• Biblically: 50 is a favourable number symbolising outpouring, grace, kindness, regeneration, restoration and freedom from every burden. It is also the number of feasting and joy (Pentecost (50) was a feast)
So if this is a 50th Jubilee year and it carries prophetic significance numerically, what might it mean for us? What can we grasp hold of, pick up and run with? What can we proclaim into 2016 with Pukaea, Putatara and shofar?
During the Jubilee year all debts were settled in favour of the person who owed the money – All debts, mortgages, credit cards, personal loans etc. The slate was wiped clean – debt collection agencies were out of work – wouldn’t that be awesome? All inheritances were returned to their rightful owners. Any land bought, sold, leased or lost in the previous 49 years had to be returned to the original owners no strings attached. You could only buy land for a maximum of 49 years or until the next Jubilee, after that it had to be returned. Also, those who ended up working as slave labourers in order to repay a debt were granted their freedom to return home to their families and land – if you had a substantial debt you could sell yourself (or your labour) in advance to pay off the debt
So Jubilee was to be a year in which every cycle of bondage and poverty was broken for the people of the land and liberty proclaimed over the land – Freedom! This was the idea behind Jubilee – God’s nature and character of goodness. His intention is for freedom and prosperity acknowledging financial mistakes will be made but they will only ever be limited liability mistakes, maximum 49 years. Even those who have collected the most toys have to put them all back in the box and they get redistributed equally– it’s not capitalism or socialism – it’s Jubilee
My understanding is that they likely only ever did one or two Jubilees (if any – whose counting) but the covenant still remained
So 2016 is a year of Jubilee, prophetically declaring cancellation of debt, declarations of freedom, restoration of property, restitution of resources, captives being set free.
Now that is pretty much what I consider God to be seeking to do every year but prophetically I wonder if there might be special favour in 2016 for Jubilee, because there is significance in the prophetic pattern. So for you personally, think freedom from whatever you might need to be free from, restoration for whatever you may need restoring to you (inheritances), rejuvenation of your health – healing for the people of the land…